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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Bill" Leonard William GRIERSON

Born 30 January 1909 in Pretoria, South Africa [16]
Adopted son of "Dave" David GRIERSON and Rachel MANN [P97]
Departed Cape Town, South Africa with his parents on the steamship Galeka and arrived in Southampton, England in April 1910 [204]
In 1911 he was living with his parents and grandmother Mrs Ann MANN at 1 Joan Street in Wallsend, Northumberland, England [20]
Departed Liverpool, England with his parents on the steamship Pakeha on 13 April 1911 bound for Fremantle, Western Australia [203]
     Resided with his parents in Irwin, Deepdale, Yuna, Northampton, Nabawa and then at Koorda [136]
     Educated at the old Moonyanooka School near Deepdale and later at the first school in Yuna [136]
Farmhand and later Farmer in Koorda [P50]
Married "Al" Alice Jane DAVISON in Perth on 28 February 1931 [P97]
     While living in Koorda Al and himself spent some of their holidays with his Al's parents and sister in Carnamah [P50]
     Accompanied his wife and son to Carnamah for a holiday on 28 February 1936, and returned to Koorda on 4 March [5: 6-Mar-1936]
     In late 1939 he leased the 1,367 acre La Colline Farm in Carnamah from John M. TULLY and in early 1940 shifted to Carnamah [P50]
Farmer of La Colline Farm in Carnamah 1940-1977 [P50]
     Soon after leasing La Colline Farm and moving to Carnamah he purchased the property from John M. TULLY [P50]
     La Colline Farm's 1,367 acres consisted of Victoria Location 7174; Lot M925 and part of Lot M765 of Victoria Location 1934 [3]
     The farm had been named La Colline by John TULLY, with La Colline meaning "The Hill" in French [P50]
Financial Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society 1941-1971 [13]
Member of the Carnamah Volunteer Defence Corps in 1941 [4: 29-Mar-1941]
Paid a 10/- Vermin Bonus by the Carnamah District Road Board in 1941 for helping to control vermin by killing four foxes [416: page 40]
Member of the Carnamah Miniature Rifle Club - was Vice President in 1941 and Captain 1946-1952 [85] [0: images 04414, 04454, 04532 & 04654]
Corporal in the local Australian Army Volunteer Defence Corps 1942-1945 [16]
     Among their duties were riding from Carnamah out to the coast on horseback to patrol the coastline [P50]
Became a member of the Carnamah Masonic Lodge No.150 WAC on 18 August 1944 - was Worshipful Master in 1953 [96] [153]
Committee Member 1945-1960 and Vice Patron 1964-1967 of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society [58]
Steward of the Wool section at the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Victory Show in 1945 and Annual Shows 1947-1949 [13]
Committee Member in 1946 and Vice President in 1951 of the Carnamah Parents & Citizens Association [0: images 04388 & 04611]
By 1947 had obtained the telephone - was telephone number Carnamah-24 [60]
Casket bearer at the funeral of William Henry WATSON at the Winchester Cemetery on 13 September 1948 [0]
In 1949 extended his farm by 565 acres with the purchase of part of neighbouring farmer Thomas JOHNSTON's farm [3]
The 565 acres was a Portion of Victoria Location 7182 and took his farm up to a total of 1932 acres [3]
In 1949 was a member of both the Carnamah Miniature Rifle Club and the Three Springs Rifle Club [4: 3-Sep-1949]
Member of Carnamah's branch of the Farmers' Union of WA - was Secretary in 1950 and 1951 [4: 22-Apr-1950 & 7-Apr-1951]
Committee Member of Carnamah's branch of the Farmers' Union of WA 1951-1957 [0: image 04608] [4: 5-Apr-1957]
Casket bearer at the funeral of John BOWMAN on 28 July 1952 at the Winchester Cemetery [4]
Was also a casket bearer at the funeral of Mrs Margaret Swan BOWMAN at the Winchester Cemetery on 8 December 1954 [4]
Member of the Carnamah Golf Club 1952-1958 - was a Committee Member in 1957 [0: image 04634] [4: 5-Apr-1957 & 11-Jul-1958]
Member of the Carnamah Small Bore Rifle Club 1954-1956 [0: image 04732] [4: 3-Aug-1956]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Mrs Ada Rose HAIG at the Winchester Cemetery on 27 September 1955 [4]
By 1956 had been made a Justice of the Peace for the local Magisterial District[22]
     As a Justice of the Peace presided as Magistrate at criminal and traffic cases that went before the Carnamah Police Court [22]
     The Carnamah Police Court dealt with cases involving Carnamah, Winchester, Waddy Forest, Coorow, Marchagee and Gunyidi [22]
     Presided over his first case on 18 September 1956; between 1956 and 1963 presided and made rulings at 52 cases [22]
Director on the Board of Co-operative Bulk Handling, otherwise known as CBH, from 1964 to 1974 [288]
     Travelled to Perth once a month to attend the one day long meeting of the Board of Co-operative Bulk Handling [P50]
     His wife accompanied him and they usually stayed three or four days at the Imperial Hotel in Wellington Street, Perth [P50]
     Also travelled around the State and once to Queensland with other Board members to check on receival points [P50]
     Enjoyed his work as a Director of CBH except for at harvest time when local farmers directed their complaints to him [P50]
In 1977 retired with his wife Al to 66 Port Leander Drive in Dongara with their son Bill taking over the farm in Carnamah [P50]
Father of Bill [P50]
Died 23 March 1978; buried at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth (EC Section, Garden of Remembrance, 17, 184) [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Leonard William Grierson' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 23 May 2019 from  [ sources ]

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